Sociology Majors

Want to make a difference in the world? Prepare yourself with the knowledge and training you need to work for positive social change. As a sociology major, you’ll study how humans relate to one another and why they thrive and flounder in different societies. By learning to ask important questions about human behavior, social inequalities, and institutional structures, you’ll develop the skills to solve problems, embrace diversity, and think globally.

Helping the Underserved

Suffolk underscores the importance of real-world experience. In addition to your coursework, as a junior and senior you'll have the chance to engage in practicums to conduct fieldwork and help underserved segments of the population. Our well-connected faculty help students obtain internships at a wide range of Boston-area sites, including local courts, youth services centers, schools, law firms, hospitals, crisis centers, social service providers, and shelters.

We are all exposed to a mass culture that demeans communities of color, immigrants, poor families, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and others. Rather than waiting for crises to occur, sociologists seek to understand, and change, the social forces that lead to systematic and interpersonal oppression. With this major, you can help make this change, too.

Concentrations

This concentration gives students the knowledge and skills to be effective in the fields of adult and juvenile justice, community justice, criminal justice, victim advocacy, and the law. You'll have the opportunity to work with the Center for Crime & Justice Research to conduct specialized research projects to assist government agencies, private businesses, community groups, academic institutions, and local courts.

This concentration offers students a broad base of social-scientific knowledge by exploring issues of human behavior, social change, cultural diversity, and socio-economic inequalities. This is an excellent choice if you’re interested in human services, policy, or community advocacy work. The broad base of courses in research methods, analysis, and sociological theory gives you a strong foundation for graduate work as well.

This concentration gives students an understanding of how social inequalities at all levels influence health across cultures, as well as the health experiences of men, women, children, the elderly, and other populations. Many graduates build careers in the fast-growing health care sector, employed in hospitals, government agencies, insurance companies, and community organizations. Or you can go on to graduate school in fields such as public health, social work, hospital administration, or public administration.

This concentration is designed for students who want to work with children, teens, and young adults in various settings. You'll explore the transformative power of education, relationship-building, and effective programming to positively impact youth development. This concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in education-related fields; nonprofit agencies; and religious, cultural, and community organizations that specialize in youth outreach and programming.

Advancing Your Studies

Students with an excellent academic track record are eligible to to earn complete their undergraduate and graduate coursework at a faster rate in Suffolk's Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Crime & Justice Studies (MSCJS) Program. Students in this program may substitute two graduate-level classes for undergraduate courses. By finishing both degrees in five years, you'll save both time and tuition.

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.